We dare say, nothing is superior to a team of sled dogs when traveling in Beringia. Beringia being the name for the ancient region spanning from Russia’s Chukotka region in the west over the Bering Strait across Alaska to Canada’s Yukon Territory in the east. Our mission is to travel by dog team throughout this region, racing, experiencing and exploring this unique place on earth! Right now the race is on! The Iditarod race.
No sled dog race in the world is bigger than Iditarod. It is pretty much the Superbowl, the Tour de France, the Wimbledon of the sled dog world!
The official start of the race took place on Willow Lake in Alaska at 2 on Sunday afternoon. Eighty-five dogs team representing six countries — USA, Norway, Canada, New Zealand, England, and Sweden — set out on the historic Iditarod trail to run just short of 1000 miles across Alaska from the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in south-central Alaska climbing across mountains of the Alaskan Range, up the mighty ice-covered Yukon River and across frozen tundra to the coast on the edge of the Bering Strait. An journey that is expected to take 8-9 days for the team that will claim victory — 8-9 days of absolutely minimal sleep and running around the clock, nigh and day largely no matter how Mother Nature presents herself!
We have two teams in the race: Joar with race bib number 31 and Miriam with race bib number 65. You can get your race updates at Iditarod.com and from me! This is a perfect opportunity to explore this region! Our Racing Beringia Airforce, pilots Marc Millian and Pedro Garcia, are flying me, Mille, across Alaska following the race to give you brief Facebook updates and right here give you in-depth insights from the cool places along this historic Iditarod Trail!
Who are the real superstars representing Team Racing Beringia in this years race?
The dogs. It is really that simple. They are superior athletes, out of this world. They are insanely talented. They are tough, loving and loyal. They can do “the impossible.”
First, meet the sixteen that together with Joar make up Joar & Co in the Iditarod ’16 race:
Only two dogs have not finished the Iditarod previously with Joar — all but one are what Joar considers his (hard)core team of dogs that originally came with him to Alaska from Norway back in 2011 when he joined Team Racing Beringia…
Sivo — the little super-leader with the strong race head and huge heart. 8 years old Sivo has started and finished all of Joar’s three prior Iditarods.
Kosak – Sivo’s brother and littermate, Kosak is an intense (and very loud) sled dog that runs anywhere in the team. He is 8 years old and has started and finished all the three Iditarods Joar has raced.
Joar (the dog) –
That was Joar & Co.The second team: Miriam and Co is a much younger team with very little experience compared to the first team at least. Out of 16 dogs, three dogs have finished the Iditarod race with Joar, all in 2013 when Joar won the Rookie of the Year award — running the fastest time ever for a Rookie in the race! The rest of the team are Iditarod rookies; never having finished the Iditarod race. Miriam is a rookie of the race this year as well!